NAR: ‘Independent Contractor’ Bill Should Exempt Realtors

NAR says it faces “steep resistance” but will retain advocating for a Real estate agent exemption to proposals: “Congress must figure out real estate’s unique spot in the economy.”

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Senate committee held a hearing Thursday on the proposed Defending the Correct to Manage Act, which targets the independent contractor status of hundreds of thousands of Individuals. The Countrywide Affiliation of Realtors® (NAR) states components of the bill facial area steep resistance on Capitol Hill, but that the NAR advocacy crew vows to remain vigilant and engaged with lawmakers on the challenge.

“As lengthy as this bill is lively, we will do the job to involve language defending existing condition definitions of ‘employer’ and ‘employee’ and ensure our sector is protected,” claims Shannon McGahn, NAR’s chief advocacy officer. “Around 87% of NAR’s 1.4 million associates are unbiased contractors, most of whom choose this classification. Congress need to figure out authentic estate’s exclusive position in the financial state and help this longstanding federal recognition.”

Before this calendar year, NAR urged users not to worry over the laws. Opposite to a report at the time, the Pro Act is not and under no circumstances has been close to imminent passage in the Senate.

In recent months, NAR suggests it has intensified its ongoing academic marketing campaign highlighting how critical the independent contractor classification is to the true estate market. NAR’s advocacy staff argues that provisions in the Pro Act ought to not utilize to serious estate industry experts, and bipartisan assistance for a genuine estate-precise exemption continues to be reliable.

Even though securing the 60 votes required to progress the legislation as a result of the Senate is not likely, McGahn notes that lawmakers have other avenues to thrust the laws ahead.

“NAR is confident in our position, but we are not letting our guard down given the stakes,” McGahn suggests. “We elevated this difficulty for the duration of our Could legislative meetings with much more than 500 associates of Congress. It was one of our prime three legislative priorities this 12 months.”

NAR provides additional information and facts about efforts to protect Realtors’ independent contractors position on its internet site.

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